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Toponymy on Norfolk Island, South Pacific: The Microcosm of Nepean Island

Toponymy on Norfolk Island, South Pacific: The Microcosm of Nepean Island

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Title: Toponymy on Norfolk Island, South Pacific: The Microcosm of Nepean Island
Author: Nash, Joshua
Abstract: Norfolk Island, South Pacific provides linguists a near laboratory case study in naming, language contact
and environmental management. The two languages spoken on the island, Norf’k – the language of the
descendents of the Pitcairners – and English, are both used in placenaming. This study analyses the
toponyms of Nepean Island, a small uninhabitable island 800 metres south of Norfolk, and poses the
question of whether Nepean is a microcosm of naming behaviour for the rest of the Norfolk macrocosm.
For its size Nepean Island offers a large number of toponyms and suggests a toponymic template applicable
to the Norfolk archipelago as a whole. This analysis offers some results one is likely to get from doing
toponymic research on uninhabited island environments.
Subject: Toponymy of Norfolk Island
Nepean Island
Norfolk Island
Type: Article
Rights: The following articles are © 2009 with the individual authors. They are made available free of charge from this page as a service to the community under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivative Works license version 3.0. For full details go to http://creativecommons.org.licenses/ny-nd.3.0
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/4014
Published: York University
Citation: Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress of Onomastic Sciences
ISBN: 978-1-55014-521-2
Date: 2009

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